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The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936...
by John Toland

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English

Pages

976

Publication Date

November 26, 2014

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<b>“[<i>The Rising Sun</i>] is quite possibly the most readable, yet informative account of the Pacific war.”—<i>Chicago Sun-Times</i></b><br /><br />This Pulitzer Prize–winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, <i>The Rising Sun</i> is, in the author’s words, “a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened—muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox.”<br /><br /> In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in the war in the Pacific, Toland crafts a riveting and unbiased narrative history. In his Foreword, Toland says that if we are to draw any conclusion from <i>The Rising Sun</i>, it is “that there are no simple lessons in history, that it is human nature that repeats itself, not history.”<br /><br /><b>“Unbelievably rich . . . readable and exciting . . .The best parts of [Toland’s] book are not the battle scenes but the intimate view he gives of the highest reaches of Tokyo politics.”—<i>Newsweek</i></b>
Blackjack-33: With Special Forces in the Viet Cong Forbidden Zone
by James C. Donahue

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

May 07, 2010

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<b><i>“You have to react instinctively. In this game there’s no second place, only the quick and the dead.”</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> In Vietnam, Mobile Guerrilla Force conducted unconventional operations against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Armed with silencer-equipped MK-II British Sten guns, M-16s, M-79s, and M-60 machine guns, the men of the Mobile Guerrilla Force operated in the steamy, triple-canopy jungle owned by the NVA and VC, destroying base camps, ambushing patrols, and gathering the intelligence that General Westmoreland desperately needed.<br />  <br /> In 1967, James Donahue was a Special Forces medic and assistant platoon leader assigned to the Mobile Guerrilla Force and their fiercely anti-Communist Cambodian freedom fighters. Their mission: to locate the 271st Main Force Viet Cong Regiment so they could be engaged and destroyed by the 1st Infantry Division.<br />  <br /> Now, with the brutal, unflinching honesty only an eye witness could possess, Donahue relives the adrenaline rush of firefights, air strikes, human wave attacks, ambushes, and attacks on enemy base camps. Following the operation the surviving Special Forces members of the Mobile Guerrilla Force were decorated by Major General John Hay, Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division.
The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgot...
by Mark Obmascik

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<b>“Mark Obmascik has deftly rescued an important story from the margins of our history—and from our country</b>’<b>s most forbidding frontier. Deeply researched and feelingly told, <i>The</i> <i>Storm on Our Shores</i> is a heartbreaking tale of tragedy and redemption.”</b> —<b>Hampton Sides, bestselling author of <i>Ghost Soldiers, In the Kingdom of Ice, </i>and<i> On Desperate Ground</i></b><BR><BR>The heart-wrenching but ultimately redemptive story of two World War II soldiers—a Japanese surgeon and an American sergeant—during a brutal Alaskan battle in which the sergeant discovers the medic's revelatory and fascinating diary that changed our war-torn society’s perceptions of Japan.<BR> <BR>May 1943. The Battle of Attu—called “The Forgotten Battle” by World War II veterans—was raging on the Aleutian island with an Arctic cold, impenetrable fog, and rocketing winds that combined to create some of the worst weather on Earth. Both American and Japanese forces were tirelessly fighting in a yearlong campaign, and both sides would suffer thousands of casualties. Included in this number was a Japanese medic whose war diary would lead a Silver Star-winning American soldier to find solace for his own tortured soul.<BR> <BR>The doctor’s name was Paul Nobuo Tatsuguchi, a Hiroshima native who had graduated from college and medical school in California. He loved America, but was called to enlist in the Imperial Army of his native Japan. Heartsick, wary of war, yet devoted to Japan, Tatsuguchi performed his duties and kept a diary of events as they unfolded—never knowing that it would be found by an American soldier named Dick Laird.<BR> <BR>Laird, a hardy, resilient underground coal miner, enlisted in the US Army to escape the crushing poverty of his native Appalachia. In a devastating mountainside attack in Alaska, Laird was forced to make a fateful decision, one that saved him and his comrades, but haunted him for years.<BR> <BR>Tatsuguchi’s diary was later translated and distributed among US soldiers. It showed the common humanity on both sides of the battle. But it also ignited fierce controversy that is still debated today. After forty years, Laird was determined to return it to the family and find peace with Tatsuguchi’s daughter, Laura Tatsuguchi Davis.<BR> <BR>Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Obmascik brings his journalistic acumen, sensitivity, and exemplary narrative skills to tell an extraordinarily moving story of two heroes, the war that pitted them against each other, and the quest to put their past to rest.
Stilwell and the American Experience in China: 1911-1945
by Barbara W. Tuchman

Language

English

Pages

686

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<b>Barbara W. Tuchman won her second Pulitzer Prize for this nonfiction masterpiece—an authoritative work of history that recounts the birth of modern China through the eyes of one extraordinary American.</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> General Joseph W. Stilwell was a man who loved China deeply and knew its people as few Americans ever have. Barbara W. Tuchman’s groundbreaking narrative follows Stilwell from the time he arrived in China during the Revolution of 1911, through his tours of duty in Peking and Tientsin in the 1920s and ’30s, to his return as theater commander in World War II, when the Nationalist government faced attack from both Japanese invaders and Communist insurgents. Peopled by warlords, ambassadors, and missionaries, this classic biography of the cantankerous but level-headed “Vinegar Joe” sparkles with Tuchman’s genius for animating the people who shaped history.<br /> <b> </b><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Stilwell and the American Experience in China</i></b><br />  <br /> “Tuchman’s best book . . . so large in scope, so crammed with information, so clear in exposition, so assured in tone that one is tempted to say it is not a book but an education.”<b>—<i>The New Yorker</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “The most interesting and informative book on U.S.–China relations . . . a brilliant, lucid and authentic account.”<b>—<i>The Nation</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A fantastic and complex story finely told.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b>
Topgun: An American Story
by Dan Pedersen

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

March 05, 2019

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<div><b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><div>"If you loved the movie, you will love the real story in the book."<b> --<i> Fox & Friends</i></b></div><div><b><i></i><br /></b></div><b>On the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the creation of the "Topgun" Navy Fighter School, its founder shares the remarkable inside story of how he and eight other risk-takers revolutionized the art of aerial combat.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div> When American fighter jets were being downed at an unprecedented rate during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Navy turned to a young lieutenant commander, Dan Pedersen, to figure out a way to reverse their dark fortune. On a shoestring budget and with little support, Pedersen picked eight of the finest pilots to help train a new generation to bend jets like the F-4 Phantom to their will and learn how to dogfight all over again. <br /> <br /> What resulted was nothing short of a revolution -- one that took young American pilots from the crucible of combat training in the California desert to the blistering skies of Vietnam, in the process raising America's Navy combat kill ratio from two enemy planes downed for every American plane lost to more than 22 to 1. Topgun emerged not only as an icon of America's military dominance immortalized by Hollywood but as a vital institution that would shape the nation's military strategy for generations to come.<br /><br /> Pedersen takes readers on a colorful and thrilling ride -- from Miramar to Area 51 to the decks of aircraft carriers in war and peace-through a historic moment in air warfare. He helped establish a legacy that was built by him and his "Original Eight" -- the best of the best -- and carried on for six decades by some of America's greatest leaders. <i>Topgun</i> is a heartfelt and personal testimony to patriotism, sacrifice, and American innovation and daring.
Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River
by Alice Albinia

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

March 18, 2010

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<p><strong>“Alice Albinia is the most extraordinary traveler of her generation. . . . A journey of astonishing confidence and courage.”—Rory Stewart</strong></p><br />One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. It has been worshipped as a god, used as a tool of imperial expansion, and today is the cement of Pakistan’s fractious union. Alice Albinia follows the river upstream, through two thousand miles of geography and back to a time five thousand years ago when a string of sophisticated cities grew on its banks. “This turbulent history, entwined with a superlative travel narrative” (<em>The Guardian</em>) leads us from the ruins of elaborate metropolises, to the bitter divisions of today. Like Rory Stewart’s <em>The Places In Between</em>, <em>Empires of the Indus</em> is an engrossing personal journey and a deeply moving portrait of a river and its people.
Twenty-Two on Peleliu: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The...
by , Peter Margaritis

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

July 19, 2017

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >On September 15, 1944, the U.S. First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto.<BR><BR>Growing up on a farm in Ohio, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing and trapping skills helped put food on his family’s table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out West with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor.<BR><BR>Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance when they came ashore on D+1, but would go on to fight on Okinawa for over six months.<BR><BR>This is the wild and remarkable story of an "Old Breed" Marine, from his youth in the Great Depression, his training and combat in the Pacific, to his life after the war, told in his own words.</SPAN>
Doc: Platoon Medic
by , Charles Sasser

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English

Pages

356

Publication Date

October 08, 2002

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HE GAVE MEN A FIGHTING CHANCE... TO SURVIVE</p><br /><br /><p>Dan Evans arrived in Vietnam on October 7, 1968, a 21- year-old Army medic who couldn't stand the sight of blood. Thrust into the cauldron of combat, he soon became a seasoned veteran of emergency medicine and the brutal realties of war. Before his time was up, he would master the skills of a surgeon, acquire the patience of a saint, and demonstrate the courage of a lion... </p><br /><p>Here, in his own words, is the gripping true story of Dan Evans, the highly decorated soldier whom the men of First Platoon, Bravo Company, called the "fighting medic." Experience the rage, the sorrow and the remarkable spirit of Dan Evans - the PLATOON MEDIC who became a true American hero. </p>
No Safe Spaces: Stories of a Young Marine in Vietnam
by Anthony H Johnson

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English

Pages

170

Publication Date

January 13, 2019

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A collection of over a dozen stories – including the #1 best seller, Ambush at the Waterfall, and #2 best-seller, Overrun. The author joined the Marines in 1966 at the age of 17 and arrived in Vietnam a year later, during the height of the war, when the casualty rate in a Marine rifle company was approaching 85 percent. <br />The gripping accounts of ambushes in the jungle, firefights in rice paddies, and night watches in listening posts. There is humor, horror, sadness at the loss of friends and primal fear. There is also bravery. During the entire Vietnam war, only one platoon in the US Marine Corps was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. The engagement that brought about that distinction resulted in the members of that platoon being awarded a Medal of Honor, a Navy Cross, three Silver Stars, and a number of Bronze Stars. <br />You will feel as if you were present when an understrength squad attacked an enemy force that outnumbered them fifteen to one, in order to prevent a rocket attack against the airbase in Da Nang. You will meet the young men, most of them still in their teens, who fought that brutal war. <br />There were no safe spaces. <br />
Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled...
by Helen Zia

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English

Pages

493

Publication Date

January 22, 2019

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<b>The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolution—a <b>heartrending </b>precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. </b><br /><br /><b>“A true page-turner . . . [Helen] Zia has proven once again that history is something that happens to real people.”—<i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Lisa See</b><br /><br /> Shanghai has historically been China’s jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, members of the last generation to fully recall this massive exodus have revealed their stories to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia, who interviewed hundreds of exiles about their journey through one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. From these moving accounts, Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States.<br /><br /> Benny, who as a teenager became the unwilling heir to his father’s dark wartime legacy, must decide either to escape to Hong Kong or navigate the intricacies of a newly Communist China. The resolute Annuo, forced to flee her home with her father, a defeated Nationalist official, becomes an unwelcome exile in Taiwan. The financially strapped Ho fights deportation from the U.S. in order to continue his studies while his family struggles at home. And Bing, given away by her poor parents, faces the prospect of a new life among strangers in America. The lives of these men and women are marvelously portrayed, revealing the dignity and triumph of personal survival.<br /><br /> Herself the daughter of immigrants from China, Zia is uniquely equipped to explain how crises like the Shanghai transition affect children and their families, students and their futures, and, ultimately, the way we see ourselves and those around us. <i>Last Boat Out of Shanghai </i>brings a poignant personal angle to the experiences of refugees then and, by extension, today.<br /><br /> <b>“Zia’s portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking, and they are, ultimately, the universal story of many families who leave their homeland as refugees and find less-than-welcoming circumstances on the other side.”—Amy Tan, author of <i>The Joy Luck Club</i></b>

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